COURT: Former soldier grew marijuana to cope with PTSD
A FORMER army soldier, who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, landed in court for growing marijuana plants at his Glenwood home.
Maryborough Magistrates Court heard on the 41-year-old lives with post traumatic stress disorder as a result of spending 21 years in the army, and used the drug to help cope.
The father-of-two pleaded guilty on Tuesday to producing a dangerous drug in what was his first ever appearance before a court.
A search of his property revealed five marijuana plants growing in pots, all of which were under 10cm in height.
He was fined $500.
Acting Magistrate Robert Walker did not record a conviction for the man and used the opportunity to thank him for his service to the country.